The latest live episode of TNA Impact aired last night (July 5, 2012) on Spike TV and featured more of the same, more of the same, oh dear god, more of the same.
Let's skip the pleasantries and get right to reactions.
- The decision was made to cease all future live blogs the moment Bully Ray hit the ring to make a "big, big, big, huge, major, gigantic, monumental, amazing, incredible, groundbreaking" announcement that turned out to be nothing more than he was going live on Twitter and tweeting his first tweet in the center of the ring. Incorporating social media is one thing but this was probably worse than anything World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has done and that's downright pathetic. The worst part was this was the first thing to happen on the show. It set a horrific tone for the rest of the shit show.
- Hulk Hogan as General Manager is embarrassing because it gets old really fast listening to him try to convince every babyface on the roster that they're the future and they're the big deal in TNA and they mean everything to the company and blah blah blah. Last night he said Austin Aries' performance at Destination X will predict the future of the company. I don't think anyone knows what that means, even Hogan, and he looks dumb saying it. Especially since we know he's going to lose.
- Bobby Roode was maybe the only good thing on this show last night, at least non-wrestling wise. His getting heat by bagging on a legitimately injured Chris Sabin and kicking his crutch out from under him was awesome and while his promos are still a bit stale, he's at least got the right passion to make me care about him. It's too bad he's with a company like this on such an unbearable show.
- James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy was a good match that had the crowd super into it but it's really not the best idea to have the babyface who won't be winning the Bound for Glory Series look so significantly better than the babyface who will be winning it. But whatever, take a good match when you can get it with these folks.
- At least Crackhead Claire was nowhere to be found.
- Kenny King is awesome and it's too bad Ring of Honor decided to part ways with him after he participated in his match last night. Perhaps it will turn out to be a good thing and he'll get a run with the X Division title. Of all the guys they've brought in from the independent scene so far, he's easily looked the best. His promo after his match was also good, much better than all the others.
- The roster is too deep to service with a two hour show and only one show weekly. It's amazing when you think about it but Dixie Carter was right when she said that. But the reality is ratings aren't going to get any better because they put on a crappy wrestling show and there are better alternatives available.
This show sucked. There were a few good things, like Roode getting heat, Storm vs. Hardy and Kenny King, but it was still hard to watch and the bad far outweighs the good.
Not even going to grade it. Y'all know how I feel about it. Now you let me know how you feel about it.